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As a girl, I was enchanted by Beauty and the Beast. I would regularly pop in my VHS copy (yes, really) and imagine myself as Belle. Just like her, I had brown hair, brown eyes, a love of reading—and a dream of one day happening upon my own fairy-tale “happily ever after.”
On a family trip to New York City when I was 11, my parents bought tickets to the musical version at the Palace Theatre on Broadway. I sat, enthralled, as Toni Braxton—the first African-American to play Belle on Broadway—belted out “Something There” and “Belle” and brought my beloved characters (Chip, Lumiere) to life.
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I’ve seen dozens of musicals since then, but this was the first time I remember recognizing the power of theater to engage, to inspire—to dazzle. While I may have outgrown (some of) my fairy-tale dreams in the past 13 years, I still see myself in Belle. Maybe your kids will, too.
Catch it: Beauty and the Beast plays the Buell Theatre March 14–18. Tickets start at $20.
—Image courtesy of Joan Marcus